WordCamp Atlanta – Feb 3 & Feb 4

Word Camp Atlanta Thumbnail PictureA WordCamp is one of those gatherings for the faithful, and believe me, WordPress users and developers are faithful to their platform. The adoration and speech at a WordCamp is positively reverential. It can seem to be a religious experience.

I attended WordCamp Atlanta which was held at the Savannah College of Arts And Design on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. It was a great venue, and the sessions were top notch for a volunteer bunch of developers and aficionados of the most popular web site content management system in the world.

Yes, I know that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, but it does much more than publish blogs. It will do static pages, blogs, and forums. WordPress can be seen as a launching platform for creating web sites with personalized, interactive, and dynamic content.

Matthew Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder was at the event, and spoke at the second morning’s general session. What is really neat about Matt is that he is not a pretentious person in spite of his tremendous success. For a guy who started his career in a dormitory room at the University of Houston, and has parlayed that opportunity into something most of us cannot visualize, he is courteous and down to earth. That is one reason for the success of WordPress. Matt Mullenweg thinks like a customer and user of his product.

Matthew revealed that about sixteen percent of all the web sites in the world were done with WordPress. That’s huge! The WordPress story is all the more impressive when you learn that he celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday on January 11.

A blog is a publishing mechanism. In my opinion it is the most important development in publishing since the Gutenberg press. It is an evolutionary development, but the effect is revolutionary.

Anybody, anywhere, in any language can publish opinions, news, data, academic papers, or anything they wish.

Blogging is big. It is difficult to get an accurate count of the number around the world, but Technorati says “Technorati defines the Active Blogosphere as: The ecosystem of interconnected communities of bloggers and readers at the convergence of journalism and conversation”. In the same article they estimate that in the year 2008, there were over 180,000,000 blogs in the world.

The take away of the number of blogs appearing is that people have something to say, and they are going to say it. Hmmm…  It kind of sounds like the name of a blog, doesn’t it?

As a blogging network, WordPress.com is growing by thousands of new bloggers every day. This can be taken as a barometer for other types of individual and personal web sites that are being created each day, and a lot of them use the WordPress software platform.

After two days of presentations and networking, I went home enthusiastic. My brain was full.

Fortunately, I am now a bit more relaxed, but still excited for my business in creating WordPress web sites for businesses and individuals.

Life is good, and WordPress is cool.

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